NHTSA Investigates Ford Taurus Vehicles for Stuck Throttles
NCCC has learned of a defect investigation involving the 2005 and 2006 Ford Taurus for incidents of a stuck throttle. The investigation highlights fourteen (14) consumer complaints of a detached cruise control line, resulting in high RPMs and a difficulty in stopping the vehicles. Some consumers are reporting that they must shift into neutral or turn off the engine in order to stop.
NCCC will continue to monitor this issue and has received no complaints from members. NCCC advises that in the event of a stuck throttle the driver shift the vehicle into neutral so as to better maintain control of the vehicle. The vehicle may also be turned off, but NCCC cautions owners that turning a vehicle off while in motion can present a hazard with the lack of power steering and a possibility of the steering column locking while attempting to maneuver. If a vehicle must be turned off while driving, do so as safely as possible and try to return the ignition switch to the run position, thereby unlocking the steering column and allowing some degree of steering control.
NCCC encourages consumers to continue reporting this and other safety defects to NHTSA.